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Never Die. When teenagers Sam Corey Haim and Michael Jason Patric move with their newly single mom Dianne Wiest to the seemingly idyllic small California beach town of Santa Carla a barely disguised Santa Cruz they instantly can tell something is amiss beneath the sunny facade. Turns out the cool group of motorcycle riding, MTV video-style bad boys are vampires, and they want Michael to join their club. Small California town overrun with vampires? Only the local teens know the truth?
There might be better vampire films on this list, but none are as fun and rewatchable. In , novice writer Anne Rice changed the vampire genre forever by publishing a novel told from the point of view of the vampire, and not the victim. Interview tells the story of an 18th century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis who gets turned into a vampire by the aristocratic Frenchmen Lestat. Together they eventually turn a dying little girl named Claudia into their vampiric daughter. The book then follows this vampiric family through two centuries, from Antebellum New Orleans until the modern era.
It also spawned a series of novels that lasts until this day. The novel eventually became the biggest selling vampire book since Dracula , and Hollywood was instantly interested in making an adaptation. Scripts were written that had the part of Louis made into a woman pretending to be a man to be played by Cher! Finally, producer David Geffen got the rights, and he convinced Rice to write a screenplay that was faithful to her novel.
Interview with the Vampire is the vampire movie as historical epic, and in that regard, no one has been able to touch it since. When a mysterious new pair of neighbors arrives to his building, an older man with a young girl, Osker eventually befriends the girl, despite her telling him they could never be friends. Oskar is bullied in school badly, and dreams of getting revenge on the bullies. The budding relationship between Oskar and Eli is like a weird version of The Wonder Years , only if Winnie Cooper had a penchant for killing people.
It also perfectly captures the innocence of first love in a beautiful way. Do your favorite vampire movie not make the cut? Mad that I left out Underworld, Daybreakers, or even Twilight?
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Tai Gooden. Meaghan Kirby. Holy water and sunlight are said to repel or kill some vampires, but not others. The one universal characteristic is the draining of a vital bodily fluid, typically blood. One of the reasons that vampires make such successful literary figures is that they have a rich and varied history and folklore. Writers can play with the "rules" while adding, subtracting or changing them to fit whatever story they have in mind.
Finding a vampire is not always easy: according to one Romanian legend you'll need a 7-year-old boy and a white horse. The boy should be dressed in white, placed upon the horse, and the pair set loose in a graveyard at midday.
Watch the horse wander around, and whichever grave is nearest the horse when it finally stops is a vampire's grave — or it might just have something edible nearby; take your pick. Interest and belief in revenants surged in the Middle Ages in Europe.
Though in most modern stories the classic way to become a vampire is to be bitten by one, that is a relatively new twist. In his book " Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality " Yale, , folklorist Paul Barber noted that centuries ago, "Often potential revenants can be identified at birth, usually by some abnormality, some defect, as when a child is born with teeth. Similarly suspicious are children born with an extra nipple in Romania, for example ; with a lack of cartilage in the nose, or a split lower lip in Russia … When a child is born with a red caul, or amniotic membrane, covering its head, this was regarded throughout much of Europe as presumptive evidence that it is destined to return from the dead.
The belief in vampires stems from superstition and mistaken assumptions about postmortem decay. The first recorded accounts of vampires follow a consistent pattern: Some unexplained misfortune would befall a person, family or town — perhaps a drought dried up crops, or an infectious disease struck. Before science could explain weather patterns and germ theory, any bad event for which there was not an obvious cause might be blamed on a vampire. Vampires were one easy answer to the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people.
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Villagers combined their belief that something had cursed them with fear of the dead, and concluded that perhaps the recently deceased might be responsible, having come back from the graves with evil intent. Graves were unearthed, and surprised villagers often mistook ordinary decomposition processes for supernatural phenomenon. For example, though laypeople might assume that a body would decompose immediately, if the coffin is well sealed and buried in winter, putrefaction might be delayed by weeks or months; intestinal decomposition creates bloating which can force blood up into the mouth, making it look like a dead body has recently sucked blood.
These processes are well understood by modern doctors and morticians, but in medieval Europe were taken as unmistakable signs that vampires were real and existed among them. The best way to deal with vampires, of course, is to prevent them from coming back in the first place.
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A few centuries ago in Europe this was often accomplished by staking suspected vampires in their graves; the idea was to physically pin the vampire to the earth, and the chest was chosen because it's the trunk of the body. This tradition was later reflected in popular fiction depicting wooden stakes as dispatching vampires. There was no particular significance to using wood; according to folklore, vampires — like djinn genies and many other magical creatures — fear iron, so an iron bar would be even more effective than a wooden stake. Other traditional methods of killing vampires include decapitation and stuffing the severed head's mouth with garlic or a brick.
In fact, suspected vampire graves have been found with just such signs. According to a Live Science article, "The body of the woman was found in a mass grave on the Venetian island of Nuovo Lazzaretto.
Whether that burial reflected an accused vampire or not, other graves are much clearer. If your local villagers neglected to unearth and stake a suspected vampire and he or she has returned from the grave, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
The exact method varies around the world, but in some traditions the best way to stop a vampire is to carry a small bag of salt with you. If you are being chased, you need only to spill the salt on the ground behind you, at which point the vampire is obligated to stop and count each and every grain before continuing the pursuit.
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